President Elect, Newberry Young Professionals
Marketing & Donor Relations, Newberry Opera House
I was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, where my father was stationed at Fort Knox. I am a military brat - we moved every 2-3 years of my adolescent life. I’ve been to over 10 different schools. We moved to SC when my father was stationed at Ft. Jackson. I graduated from Chapin High School.
My husband was the first in our family to work at the Opera House, where he was hired out of college to be the Audio Engineer. Management later needed some more help backstage so I came along and worked the wardrobe department. Later I was promoted to Office Manager, and now serve as the Marketing/PR and Donor Relationships Manager. Our family fell in love with the town, so we purchased our first home and welcomed our son three years ago. I have also done genealogy research on my family and have ties to Newberry County as far back as the 1700’s. There’s something every familiar here that I love.
My vision for Newberry is to see it grow sustainably. It is a beautiful historic town, with charm, and friendly faces. I would hate to see it grow too quickly and get swallowed up like some of our neighboring towns have. Or likewise to not be as receptive to growth as we need to be and get passed by. I think there is a sweet spot where we can thrive and flourish, and I think it will take all our organizations working together to make that happen.
The advice I would give my 20-year old self is go to class, get that internship, and not turn anything down. Be young and hungry. I look at myself now and am proud of where I came from, what I have learned, and what I am doing. But I would encourage myself to be more of a risk taker earlier on. I feel like I’ve gotten braver over the years.
I admire Marie Curie as a trail blazer of her time and for women in general. She paved the way for women in science, and helped to encourage women to tackle male-dominated fields. She was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, and the first woman to ever win the award twice for two different sciences. She was behind the pioneering research for radioactivity and even developed the first portable x-ray machines during WWI. Sadly her passion project ultimately ended with her death, since the effects of radiation were not known during her time. I love her tenacity to challenge cultural norms, push barriers, and innovate.
My Favorite Book: I love Edgar Allen Poe’s dark gothic writing - it’s a great escape from the real world. My favorite book, however, is 1984. I love how Orwell, describes the dystopian world where all is being controlled and micromanaged and beautifully weaves in one of the best love stories I have ever read. It’s one of the few books I have read cover to cover in one sitting.